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Oscar Clarke says he would have resigned if accused of child molestation; all up to Winston Harding

Winston Harding, holding the Holy Bible and taking the Oath of Office as a councillor for the City of Georgetown.

Winston Harding, holding the Holy Bible and taking the Oath of Office as a councillor for the City of Georgetown.

Even as embattled A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) City Councillor, Winston Harding declined to say whether he would give up his seat over child molestation allegations,  General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Oscar Clarke said he would have resigned if those accusations had been leveled against him.

“I would resign! You know why I would have resigned? I would have resigned because in my heart of hearts, I know that the accusation against me is one I should not put myself forward,”  Clarke told Demerara Waves Online News.

Clarke, a two-time City Councillor, said now that Harding is facing criticisms from certain quarters that he had allegedly sexually molested a minor, it is up to him to decide his future. “It is up to Mr. Harding and I think Mr. Harding has to give this a lot of thought. Is he going to be able to get the support of the people out there that he is serving? How are they going to look at him?,” Clarke said.

The PNCR General Secretary added that had he been faced with such charges, he would not have accepted the offer to be a candidate. “People have to decide these things for themselves. It is not something I could decide for you,” he said.

Oscar Clarke, holding the Holy Bible, as he took the Oath of Office as a councillor for the City of Georgetown.

Oscar Clarke, holding the Holy Bible, as he took the Oath of Office as a councillor for the City of Georgetown.

Clarke said he only knew of the allegations swirling around Harding two weeks before the elections when someone told him that a poster had been a pole labeling Harding a child molester. Clarke said he subsequently spoke with Harding and fellow PNCR politician, Volda Lawrence.

Asked whether A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) of which the PNCR is the largest party was still dissociating itself from Harding, Clarke said nothing could be done to prevent the councilor from participating in the municipal body.  On the question of whether Harding could be asked to resign, Clarke said “you could ask him but he doesn’t have to.”

“I personally would not ask him. I tell you, I leave it to people’s conscience. He doesn’t do anything to me and he wouldn’t prevent me from doing what I have to do in this council,” he said.

Told that in the Guyanese political environment, the APNU’s opponents might want to make capital out of Harding’s continued presence on the Georgetown City  Council, the PNCR General Secretary queried “What about Bharrat Jagdeo and his wife? That is not real politics?”

Jagdeo’s then wife, Varshnie, had accused him of mistreating her by, among other things, leaving her to sleep in a mosquito-infested area of State House.

  • eddie

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! the new leaders of tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!! “What about Bharrat Jagdeo and his wife? what Jagdeo did was wrong and it does not give you the right as a leader of your party to make a comparison because you condemned it during the election cycle as wrong and should have never allow Harding to reach this point unless it our time now, so that make you just as guilty and Jagdeo and such a hypocrite

    • SYL

      Hello guys do you have any younger people in GT to take over the mantle.Since I was a boy those gentlemen were in politics. Is anyone else available to serve? OH! ITS ABOUT THE PERKS! RIDE ON! Don’t paint the ship, don’t check the hull. SAIL ON!

      • eddie

        you are not wrong,,, just like the idiot that hold on to the power in the PPP and then have the nerve to condemn Nagga for doing the same and his supports are in full flow in there support for him so yes your analogy is right on

  • Lancelot Brassington

    As a responsible person Harding should step aside so as not to provide the PPP with convenient ammunition and because colleagues may find it difficult to work with him. This is about more than an allegation on social media.

    Oscar Clarke has not pronounced Harding guilty. He was only stating what he would have done in similar circumstances.To his credit Oscar Clarke obviously does not live by the aphorism that black people are right 99% of the time, that in the rare cases where they are wrong it is some body else’s fault and that any and every system must bend over backwards for black people. We need more rational and mature black people like him.

  • SYL

    Clarkie and the old gang need some of the fat before they leave. Even LFS Burnham is saying ” boys leave it alone and stand on the side line as advisors and allow the younger people to rise to the 21st century challenge.